Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge, BARCIK is a non-governmental non-profit development organization. Established in 1997 by a group of development practitioners, researchers and social workers, BARCIK has been working in the fields of environment and development with utmost commitment and purpose. Registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau under the Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Bangladesh, to operate foreign funds, BARCIK has been involved in exploring and incorporating indigenous knowledge and local practices into contemporary development programmes. Throughout these years BARCIK has been promoting the significance of local and indigenous knowledge through the education curriculum and independent research efforts in order to facilitate the empowerment of local and indigenous communities. BARCIK’s staff members are from different discipline like- Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Botany, History, Management and Mass Communication & Journalism etc. Currently BARCIK is striving towards the establishment of the BARCIK Institute for Applied Studies (BIAS) and now it is registered as non-profitable Trust namely “BIAS Trust”. Through the formation of this institution BARCIK hopes to create a space for dialogue and extensive study of the various dimensions of Ethnographic discourse, thus breeding an ever-growing thirst for new ideas from the fertile soil of older wisdom.
Local Office Address:
BARCIK Shyamnagar Resource Centre
Kolbari Bazar, Burigoalini, Shyamnagar, Satkhira.
A society that is respecting the cultural and natural diversity and develops towards meeting the interdependent needs of humans, animals, plants and other natural resources
Strengthen and facilitate processes in which local communities are able to meet the interdependent needs of humans, animals, plants and other natural resources by sharing and using their knowledge, experience and own resources, as well as engaging in joint initiatives with different groups, institutions and stakeholders in society.
Policy and Advocacy
The objective is to organize review government and international policies to understand the key socio-economic and environmental issues to make advocacy and campaign to influence the policy makers.
Some of the key advocacy issues, which BARCIK has been involved with previously include:
· Genetic Resource
· Disaster management and Local/Indigenous Knowledge
· Climate change adaptation and local/indigenous knowledge
· Rights and access to market of the non-timber forest products users in Sunderbans;
· Rights and responsibilities of youth
· Protecting violation against plants, animals and natural environment.
Awareness and Information Sharing
Regular seminars and workshops on key issues such as genetic manufacturing of food, disaster management, human rights and gender equality are conducted both at the local and national level. The awareness programs have often included key resource persons to present papers on contemporary issues to broaden perceptions of the selected participants.
Ongoing and Past Information Sharing programs conducted include:
· Women’s’ Rights
· Rights of the urban poor people
· Biodiversity Conservation and livelihood Rights;
· Short course on Interdependency, diversity and development.
Action research, change monitoring and impact analysis is the integral part of BARCIK’s programme. Through regular change monitoring system and stakeholders’ requirement, BARCIK organizes its’ institutional capacity to develop regional team and gradually independent regional organizations.
BARCIK has been actively conducting various research initiatives and studies involving issues of agro-biodiversity, livelihood changes and access to natural resources. Having a capable staff well experienced in onsite research and equipped with contemporary participatory tools has led BARCIK to be a leading organization in social research.
Some of the leading Action Researches include:
- Local biodiversity based Farmers Led Applied Research for Sustainable Agriculture
- Peoples led development approach for sustainable development
- Action research on climate change adaptation by traditional means
- Action research on developing people’s plan of action.
BARCIK being a resource center primarily has managed to periodically publish journals and articles along with research reports to continually increase its own capacity of information and knowledge. The following is a brief list of the different publications produced by BARCIK
One of our principal vehicles for the dissemination of indigenous knowledge (IK) is an annual covering IK related articles from Bangladesh and the South Asian region.
Trinamul Uddog (Grassroots Initiatives)
Geared towards grassroots-level extension workers, local development workers, NGOs, community-based organizations and farming communities, this annual Bengali journal is one of the of practical use to field workers.
BARCIK publishes a newsletter named ‘Amader Poribesh’ (Our environment) based on the grassroots stories and project outputs.
Online News Portal "Barciknews.Com"
BARCIK is currently establishing and formally registering a web-based news service – www.barciknews.com– presenting news as well as background information and analysis on issues relevant for its work, which is also used for internal learning and strengthening the conceptual capacities of staff.
Besides its intended national relevance for issues around development, biodiversity, agriculture and environment, is also be used directly to share experiences and learning by this way from each other amongst staff, communities and other interested stakeholders.
Flat #6A, House #3/1, Block F, (In front of Lalmatia Mahila College), Lalmatia, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
1. Kolbari Bazar, Burigoalini, Shyamnagar, Satkhira
2. Assasuni Sadar (Side by Sonali Bank Branch), Satkhira.
3. Munjitpur (Side by Public Library), Satkhira Sadar, Satkhira.
List of Excutive Body
- Rabiul Azom - Chairperson
- Sukanta Sen - Secretery
- Jaba Talukder - Treasurer
- Anower Zahid - Member
- Rekha Saha - Member
- Priyo Bala Biswas - Member
- Md. Akhter Hossain - Member
Chief of NGO
Name: Sukanta Sen
Designation: Executive Director
Phone & Mobile No. +88-02-9132372 (+88-01552389857)
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Network / Forum
Name of Network / Forum : Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PAN AP)
Website : https://panap.net/
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Project List ( Total Project : 3 )
Project Name : Strengthening the resilience of the poorest population to the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh (PORIBESH)
Doner : NETZ Partnership for Development and Justice (NETZ)
Sector : Climate Change
Area : Shyamnagar and Assasuni
Time Line : 01.09.2021 to 31.12.2024
Brief of activities :
Overall objective (Impact): Marginalised and climate change-affected people in western Bangladesh have built climate-resilient livelihoods and local civil society is strengthened to protect and promote the rights of marginalised groups.
Project goal (Outcome)
Over 42,000 marginalised people (10,600 families) in five districts of Bangladesh can effectively use their new skills to generate higher and climate-resilient incomes, improve their access to rights and public services, and engage in climate policy discourse with government agencies from local to national levels.
Sub-goal 1: 10,600 marginalised families have improved their capacities to profitably implement climate-resilient and diversified income generation activities.
Sub-goal 2: TheCSOs of the target group as well as local government institutions have improved their knowledge, strategies and readiness withregard to climate risk preparedness and disaster risk reduction.
Sub-goal 3: TheCSOs of the target group have developed and implemented strategies to claim their fundamental rights and to hold decision-makers accountable regarding access to public services and resources.
Sub-goal 4: The experiences and perspectives of affected communities at grassroots level on climate change and climate justice are documented, processed and shared with relevant policy makers, public service providers and the public from local to national level.
Project Name : Project on Advocacy on Youth Led Climate Change, Conflict Transformation and Resilience Building Programme
Doner : MISEREOR, Germany
Sector : Climate Change
Area : Shyamnagar
Time Line : 01.01.2022 to 31.12.2023
Brief of activities :